HKQ Kids

TEEN DRIVING and WINTER WEATHER

Winter weather can be a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. For new drivers in can be downright nerve wracking for parents and their teens.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make sure your teens are a little safer on wintery roads.

  1. Make sure there is a safety kit in the trunk of every car. A small collapsible shovel, sand for traction, and ice scraper, flares, blankets, gloves, a flashlight and an extra quick charger for cell phones are particularly important.
  2. Watch the weather reports and plan accordingly. If your teen works, you may consider picking them up rather than letting them drive. If it’s not necessary to travel, have them stay home.
  3. Practice! Take your teen to a snowy parking lot and show them how to steer out of a potentially dangerous situation.
  4. Make sure you have good tires on your vehicles, inflated to the correct air pressure. Under or over-inflated tires, or tires with low tread can make slippery roads even worse.
  5. Make sure they are using their seat belts.
  6. Make cell phone use while driving completely off limits. Require them to put their cell phones in the back seat or the glove box while they are driving.
  7. Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times.
  8. Avoid cruise control during slippery conditions.
  9. If they become snow-bound, instruct them to stay with the vehicle. It provides shelter during bad weather. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm.
  10. Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and not clogged with snow.
  11. Drive slowly and steadily. Don’t accelerate or stop on a hill.
  12. Accelerate and decelerate slowly to avoid swerving.
  13. Remember, wet road may be icy. Don’t assume wet roads in the winter are just wet.
  14. Keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road at all times.

Preparation and defensive driving techniques will help your teen feel a little more confident and safe behind the wheel, and you’ll breathe a little easier knowing they are driving safely in our wintery weather mix. Stay safe!